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Zhou Yan

Deputy Director, Advanced Environmental Biotechnology Centre, Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute (NEWRI-AEBC)

Assistant Professor
B.Eng., PhD
Office: N1-01c-90
Tel: (65) 6790-6103 / 6908-1438


  • PhD, University of Queensland, Australia
  • B. Eng, Wuhan Institute of Technology, China

Career details:

  • Sep 2014 – present, Assistant Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), NTU
  • Aug 2008 – Sep 2014, Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow, Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute (NEWRI), NTU

Main research focus:

  • Municipal and industrial wastewater treatment and reclamation
  • Energy efficient biological processes development
  • Biological nutrient removal and recovery
  • Greenhouse gas emission control

  • Yogananda Maspolim, Yan Zhou, Chenghong Guo, Keke Xiao, Wun Jern Ng (2014). Comparison of single-stage and two-phase anaerobic sludge digestion systems – Performance and microbial community dynamics. Chemosphere, in press.
  • Yan Zhou*, Dong Qing Zhang, Minh Tuyet Le, Aik Num Puah, Wun Jern Ng (2013). Energy utilization in sewage treatment – a review with comparisons. Journal of Water and Climate Change, 4, 1-10.
  • K.K. Xiao, C.H. Guo, Y. Zhou*, Y. Maspolim, J.Y. Wang, W.J. Ng (2013) Acetic acid inhibition on methanogens in a two-phase anaerobic process. Biochemical Engineering Journal, 75, 1-7.
  • Yan Zhou*, Lily Ganda, Melvin Lim, Zhiguo Yuan, Wun Jern Ng (2012). Response of Poly-phosphate Accumulating Organisms to Free Nitrous Acid Inhibition under Anoxic and Aerobic Conditions. Bioresource Technology, 116, 340-347.
  • Yan Zhou*, Adrian Oehmen, Melvin Lim, Vel Vadivelu, Wun Jern Ng. (2011). The Role of Nitrite and Free Nitrous Acid (FNA) in Wastewater Treatment Plants. Water Research. 45(15):4672-82.
  • Zhou, Y*., Ganda L., Lim M., Yuan Z., Kjelleberg S, Ng WJ (2010) Free nitrous acid (FNA) inhibition on denitrifying poly-phosphate accumulating organisms (DPAOs). Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 88, 1, 359-369.
  • Zhou, Y., Pijuan, M., Zeng, R., Yuan, Z. (2008) Free Nitrous Acid Inhibition on Nitrous Oxide Reduction. Environmental Science and Technology. 42, 22, 8260-8265.

  • Visiting professor travel grant - offered by University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka 2014
  • Best student paper – awarded by Environmental Biotechnology Cooperative Research Centre (EBCRC) 2008
  • Best poster award – Young Water professionals 2008
  • University of Queensland Scholarship 2005-2008
  • Wuhan Institute of Technology Scholarship 2000-2004